Lebanon

Lebanon: the world’s best failed state

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Look down from the mountains outside Beirut and, on most days, you’ll see a grey blanket of smog choking the…

Levison Wood. Credit Simon Buxton

Boys’ Own adventures in the war-torn Middle East

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Ask most people whether they fancy a four-month, 5,000-mile trek across the Middle East and they might conclude you need…

The next immigration crisis

13 February 2016 9:00 am

In Istanbul, signs of the Syrian influx are everywhere. Syrian mothers sit on pavements clutching babies wrapped in blankets; children…

Even great wine can’t quite give me hope for Lebanon

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Housman had a point. If men could be drunk for ever, the human condition would be tolerable. But thought always…

How Lebanon is coping with more than a million Syrian refugees

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Beirut If any of the Syrian refugees who have made it to the relative safety of Europe have been watching…

‘Early Morning at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India’, 1989, by Don McCullin

Don McCullin interview: ‘I take more than I bring. That’s not a role I’m proud of’

26 September 2015 8:00 am

The thing that the photojournalist Don McCullin likes best of all now, he tells me, is to stand on Hadrian’s…

Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Of all the irresponsible decisions taken in recent years by European politicians, few will cause as much human misery as…

Freedom of information killed ambassadors’ valedictory dispatches. Could blogging bring them back?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

‘All I ever tried to do was hold a mirror up and show you how beautiful you really are. Shine…

Why I still have a deep attachment to the BBC

16 May 2015 9:00 am

After I failed my O-levels and decided to leave school, my father suggested I go to Israel to work on…

Black flags and Christmas lights: a letter from Beirut

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Blue and white Christmas lights twinkle over the shops near my apartment in Beirut’s Christian quarter; pricy boutiques display elaborate…

Patriotism isn’t uncivilised - it’s what makes civilisation possible

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Is it racist to be patriotic? Is patriotism, by definition, small-minded and exclusive? When you strip away the onion layers…

Why I’ve joined Lebanon’s exodus

1 November 2014 9:00 am

In early autumn I was on a train travelling from London to Brighton, on the final leg of a journey…